A portion of Old Leeds Road in Irondale, Alabama, which is home to the EWTN Global Catholic Network, is being officially renamed to honor Mother Angelica, the foundress of the Catholic media network.
In a ceremony on Friday morning, EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael
Warsaw, as well as Irondale Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander, officially
dedicated a portion of the road, renaming it “Mother Angelica Way.”
The ceremony, which took place across the street from EWTN’s exit
onto the road, was attended by local leaders and community members as
well as visitors and EWTN employees.
“This is a great honor to Mother
Angelica,” Warsaw said.
“We want to thank Mayor Alexander, the Irondale City Council, City
Clerk James D. Stewart, and Irondale Chamber of Commerce Executive
Director Tellis Shoemaker for paying tribute to her in this way. EWTN
has been pleased to make Irondale our home for over 35 years – and, with
God’s grace, we intend to enjoy another 35 years in our city.”
EWTN’s founder, Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, passed away
on Easter Sunday this year at the age of 92. She founded EWTN out of a
garage in Alabama in 1981, and it has since become the largest religious
media network in the world. Her work touched the lives of many people
across the world.
The dedication took place right before the EWTN family celebration in
Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday and Sunday, a free event open to the
public which will focus on the life of Mother Angelica.
“This year’s EWTN Family Celebration is our first since the death of
Mother Angelica and provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and
reflect on the extraordinary life of Mother and what she meant to her
EWTN family and to the world," Warsaw said in a previous statement about
The event will include talks from various EWTN personalities, and
serves as a chance to remember the legacy of the foundress, Warsaw said.
“We will share our memories, and answer audience questions about the
nun whose faithfulness to God left a legacy of which all of us can be